Louie said something stupid again.
Raw Story: During a Thursday rant about news that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been collecting phone records from millions of Americans, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seemed to be a little confused when he proclaimed that freedom of the press is “granted in the Second Amendment.”
Gohmert noted that NSA spying was just the latest example of executive branch overreach because the Obama administration had also gone after the phone records of Associated Press reporters.
“Many times these phones up here are used by reporters to call members of Congress, who have another constitutional privilege, under the constitutional — under the constitution that provides privilege for the information that is provided for — to a member of Congress,” the Texas Republican explained. “It’s not unlimited.”
“But that’s on top of the freedom of the press that’s also granted in the Second Amendment,” he added.
For the life of me, I can’t understand how this clown keeps getting reelected.
Gohmert’s latest crackpottery and the vacant spookhouse that is the wingnut mind.
As if it weren’t enough that members of the Republican Party spent much of President Obama’s first term accusing him of being a crypto-Manchurian Candidate who was born in Kenya, one GOP congressman is floating a new conspiracy theory: Obama only helped oust former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi so al-Qaeda could take over.
Appearing on Frank Gaffney’s anti-Muslim radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) launched into a lengthy tirade criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to provide air support in the international campaign against Qaddafi last year. Rather than acknowledging that Obama launched the mission to stave off a looming massacre in Misrata, the Texas Republican saw a hidden, pernicious reason for the intervention. “This administration sent planes and bombs and support to oust Qaddafi so that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood could take over Libya,” said Gohmert.
I’d award the always clownish Gohmert the title of “Congress’s Dumbest Man” if the competition were slightly less fierce. He’s not a shoe-in for the title, but he’s definitely the frontrunner.
And Louie’s value is mostly instructive; he’s got the brain of a talk radio host. He thinks he doesn’t have to prove anything and that whatever crazy-assed conspiracy happens to meander into his otherwise vacant skull was arrived at through unassailable logic. He’s delusional not only in his beliefs, but in the value of those beliefs as arguments. Like a talk radio host, he looks at every issue and asks himself, “How can this confirm my most basic fears and biases?” and confuses that process with reasoning. Actual logic is a foreign concept to him and evidence is what the foolishly incautious wait for before leaping to action (see Bush, George W.).
This is the right. This is how they think. If you doubt that, then explain how this obviously low-wattage bulb continues to be reelected.
Louie Gohmert’s Brainless and Typically Republican Jobs Plan
By now, it should be obvious to even the most casual observer that Rep. Louie Gohmert is not burdened with the curse of genius. In fact, while there may be a lot of competition for the title of Dumbest Member of Congress, Gohmert is definitely a frontrunner. This is the guy who came up with the ridiculous “terror babies" conspiracy theory, who argued that President Obama was in league with the Muslim Brotherhood, and that passage of hate crimes legislation would lead to Nazism, legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality. This is one underachieving mind.
So it should come as no surprise that he has idiotic ideas about what will and won’t create jobs. In a headline-chasing maneuver, Gohmert filed a bill titled the “American Jobs Act” before Democrats filed the President’s bill by the same name. So now dems can’t pass Obama’s bill — unless they change the name to something like “American Employment Act” or the “Jobs for America Act.” That should really set them back about thirty seconds. What a crippling blow from a procedural grandmaster.
But it’s not Gohmert’s pointless poaching of the title that’s so demonstrative of his idiocy — although it’s not a bad one. It’s his bill itself. Two whole pages legislation is all it takes to get America back to work, according to Gohmert. And it’s what’s in this simplistic legislation that shows the true depth of Representative Gohmert’s intellectual capacity.
The Texan lawmaker’s measure would eliminate the 35 percent corporate tax to spur job creation in the private sector.
Gohmert says that he’s talked with CEOs of corporations, who moved their companies to China because “the number one reason, every time was the 35 percent corporate tax; China has 17 percent corporate tax — if you move a big corporation (to China),” then they can reinvest money into the company.
That’s right, a 100% free ride for corporations. Of course, this is stupid.
The two-page bill changes the tax code to replace any mention of the current “35 percent” tax rate with “0 percent.” Corporations are already sitting on trillions in cash, so cutting their taxes would likely do very little to help the economy, but would balloon the deficit by depriving the government of about $300 billion in revenues annually. As the CBO found, cutting taxes on businesses “typically does not create an incentive for them to spend more on labor or to produce more, because production depends on the ability to sell output.”
So lowering taxes won’t create jobs, because demand does not depend on supply. Imagine my shock at this discovery.
"Nothing’s more pathetic than the GOP doing the bidding for corporate America while pretending to be on the side of the little guy," a senior House Democratic aide told The Hill. “Republicans who want to put more money in the pockets of billionaire CEOs instead of helping to put people to work is just wrong.”
Think we’ve reached the bottom of Gohmert’s idiocy? Sorry, but it is bottomless. Gohmert has also been pushing an argument argument that shows he doesn’t even understand what job creation is. A provision in the Obama plan calls for an end to discrimination against the unemployed, which is actually becoming a real problem. Gohmert thinks the ban would be the worst thing ever.
"We have created in this bill a newly protected class, not on race, creed, color, sex — not even sexual orientation, this is a new one," he recently told Sean Hannity. “It’s not religion, it’s a prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed. By golly, if you apply for a job and you’re unemployed and you feel like you got discriminated against and not hired because you were unemployed, see a lawyer. You’ve got a claim under this bill.”
Here’s the thing; if you hire someone who’s already employed, you’ve created zero jobs. I mean come on, it’s freakin’ simple math. If the number of unemployed stays the same, you haven’t created a job, you’ve just given someone a different job. It’s not the same thing at all. Yet here he is, defending the so-called “job creators” from actually having to do something crazy like create jobs. The unemployment discrimination ban in Obama’s plan should be a no-brainer — which goes along way toward explaining why the brainless Louie Gohmert is against it.
But how far away from the rest of his caucus is Gohmert on this? Not very. This is all just rightwing economic flateartherism taken to it’s logical extreme. If Republican economics works, then Gohmert’s plan should really work. Cut taxes, employment skyrockets. Never mind that a decade of experience is telling us right now that this isn’t true at all. And it should create jobs by allowing employers to continue to avoid creating jobs. Because we don’t want any of those burdensome, job-killing regulations.
Yes, it’s stupid. Yes, it’s backwards. Yes, it ignores realities, factual data, recent history, basic math, simple logic, and common sense. And that’s why it’s just so damned Republican.
Stories to Watch: 9/14/11
Frost warning tonight. Nothing says “summer’s going away” like a frost warning. Cover up your tomatoes, people. Now here’s the news…
A Bloomberg poll finds that voters aren’t very excited about Obama’s jobs plan — 51% are opposed, 41% supportive. Which is weird, because Gallup found people supporting it, 54% - 32%. Likewise, Reuters/Ipsos found that Obama got a little bump from his jobs speech and introduction of the plan. Looks like Bloomberg’s results are being outvoted.
Democrats haven’t been doing well in special elections. Does that spell trouble for President Obama? Nate Silver has bad news.
Louie Gohmert plays the politics of “you snooze, you lose.”
The Pennsylvania GOP tries to game the electoral college to deny Obama a 2012 win.
Rick Perry’s claim that he only got five grand from the company that makes HPV vaccine turns out to be mostly bullshit.
Compare and contrast: Ron Paul’s vision of American healthcare vs. Barack Obama’s.
It’s shit like this, Obama: “According to the Financial Times, President Obama is going to propose cuts of ‘several hundred billion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid,’ when he presents his proposal for deficit reduction next Monday.” It’s a lot easier to win these fights when you don’t start by agreeing that your opponent is right — especially when they aren’t.
Meanwhile, Blue Dogs continue to ignore the fact that they got their asses handed to them in 2010. This time, they’re playing “adult” by siding with the GOP against Obama’s jobs plan. Your path to electoral victory through Republicanism-lite was a huge failure, people. Deal with it.
Finally, here’s a Republican solution to unemployment — import big ol’ Burmese pythons and fabulous wealth will follow. No, really.
Stories to Watch: 9/1/11
Still using Firefox 7 beta, still liking it. In fact, other than the slim memory usage, it seems identical to 6. Now here’s the news…
Does Barack Obama have a secret plan to win the election by making millions of illegal aliens citizens so they’ll vote for him? Wingnut Reps. Mike Coffman and Louie Gohmert think so — and that should tell you all you need to know.
Mediaite’s TOmmy Christopher thinks that John Boehner should resign for putting a Republican presidential debate a presidential address to congress. Maybe he should, maybe he shouldn’t, but it’s never going to happen in a million years. Roger Simon reports that the White House is “furious” with Boehner, though.
Everyone knows that Mittens Romney has a healthcare reform problem. But what most people don’t know is that Rick Perry went above and beyond Romneycare, by proposing a joint healthcare plan with Mexico. I don’t know enough about it to say whether it was a good idea or not, but it involves big gummint healthcare and Mexico, so the ‘baggers should hate it.
Bonus fun: as Texas Ag Commissioner, Perry also praised Hillary Clinton’s healthcare proposal. So Mexico, healthcare reform, and Hillary Clinton.
Condoleezza Rice simply does not care for Dick Cheney’s book. NJ Gov. Chris Christie isn’t a fan of Eric Cantor’s hostage-taking on Hurricane Irene relief.
Surprise: it’s illegal for unmarried couples to live together in Florida — and state Republicans want to keep it that way.
The White House downgrades the 2012 jobs forecast.
Finally, so much for being the “sane Republican” — John Huntsman’s just-released tax plan is as insane and unfair as anyone else’s in his party.
Joe Lieberman continues to be a jackass.
Stories to Watch: 7/18/11
Geez is it hot. And I’m going to grill. Because I’m stupid, I guess. I’m planning on standing out there by a fire in this heat. You could melt lead in the shade. Yeah, I’m crazy — but it’s gonna be so good. Add “guys from Wisconsin” to Noel Coward’s “Mad dogs and Englishmen” quote. Now here’s the news…
The whistleblower who helped get the phone-hacking scandal ball rolling, former News of the World entertainment reporter Sean Hoare, was found dead in his home today. He had a history of alcohol and drug abuse and police say the death is “not suspicious,” but that won’t stop a lot of people from thinking it sounds pretty suspicious to them.
Rupert Murdoch and the folks at the very top of News Corp. seemed to think they could manage this scandal — right up to the point that it all got away from them.
With a CBS poll showing that the GOP has lost the debt limit debate, the rightwing blogosphere does what it always does when confronted with facts it doesn’t like — attack the research. As they say on Mythbusters: “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”
President Obama says he’d veto the insane plan for raising the debt ceiling that House Republicans are cooking up. Of course, this is the worst thing ever — never mind that it would never even get to the floor of the Senate anyway.
Out as a potential head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren may take a shot at getting Ted Kennedy’s seat back from Scott Brown.
Rep. Louie Gohmert verifies that he’s a freakin’ moron.
As does Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Rokita.
What the hell, throw everyone in the gay conservative group GOProud on the moron train as well.
Finally, Harry Potter wants to lead American children to Hell. So you want to watch out for that.
Stories to Watch: 6/18/11
Yeah, I’m definitely going to kick back next week. No GB posts, no roundups. I’ll probably still tweet headlines. But other than that, vacation from blogging. Now here’s the news…
President Obama’s legal rationale behind US military action in Libya and the War Powers act looks a lot like the result of cherrypicked legal opinions.
Sign Mittens thinks he has the GOP primary in the bag and is already looking toward the general election: Romney refuses to signa “pro-life pact” for the simple reason that it’s too extreme. “Too extreme for Republican primary voters?” you might say. “Why, there’s no such thing!” My point exactly.
Speaking of too extreme: Michele Bachmann thinks schools should teach ”intelligent design.” The vast, vast, vast, vast majority of species that have ever existed have gone extinct — how intelligent can this designer be when almost all their designs fail? Like all creationist mumbo-jumbo, ID makes a lot of sense… right up to the point before you think about it for just a second.
Rep. Louie Gohmert was an idiot again.
Greta Von Susteren joins Bill O’Reilly in wondering what’s up with David Vitter not being asked to resign. When even Fox News detects a double standard, it’s glaringly obvious.
Finally, the hacker group LulzSec admits to being pretty much pointless. Basically, they’re just being assholes for the sake of being assholes.